Master's in Ocean Engineering

8084
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog
Major Code: 8084 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

The curriculum is designed to allow the ocean engineer to broaden professional expertise in preparation for a challenging career in industry or for further graduate study. Although emphasis is placed on a core of required courses, the student is encouraged to concentrate efforts in one of several areas of interest through a choice of elective courses. Both thesis and nonthesis tracks are available.

The Master of Science in Ocean Engineering can be earned on either a full-time or part-time basis. Although a full-time student may complete coursework within two or three semesters, thesis activities normally involve a further one or two semesters of study. Graduate student assistants normally require additional time. A student can start graduate studies in either the fall or spring semester, but fall semester is recommended.

Admission Requirements

An applicant should normally have an undergraduate degree in some field of engineering or in one of the physical sciences. Every applicant should have a mathematics background through differential equations along with introductory courses in physics, chemistry and computer programming. A student who has graduated from a nonengineering program will be required to complete additional coursework as part of the master's degree program. Although not required for admission, an on-campus interview is highly recommended. Applicants must submit GRE General Test Scores for evaluation.

Applications from international students are invited and will be evaluated with consideration given to academic standards in the country where baccalaureate studies were taken.

General admission requirements and application procedures are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Science in Ocean Engineering is conferred on students who have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (including thesis) of required and elective coursework. Thesis work may be primarily analytical or experimental in nature, or a comprehensive design study, or a computational investigation involving state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques. The thesis may be replaced by three courses (nine credit hours) following approval of a written petition to the program chair. The nonthesis track requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, an oral final program examination and a technical paper. A thesis is usually required for any student receiving financial support through the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems.

Curriculum
  • OCE 5515 Materials for Marine Applications
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes materials (metals/reinforced concrete, wood/polymers and FRP); properties (physical, mechanical and chemical); environmental effects (corrosion, biofouling and thermal); and applications (materials selection for ocean engineering design).

  • OCE 5570 Marine Hydrodynamics and Wave Theory
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the motion of ideal fluid; damping and added mass; wave motions encountered in the ocean; surface gravity waves, internal waves and long waves in a rotating ocean; the motion of viscous fluid; the Navier-Stokes equations; boundary layer; and model testing.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 2201 

  • OCE 5990 Ocean Engineering Seminar
    (each semester)
    Credit Hours: 0

    Presentation of technical papers and progress in research by staff, students and invited speakers.

  • OCE 5999 Thesis Research
    (may be replaced by nine credit hours of coursework and a major paper)
    Credit Hours: 3

    Individual work under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty on a selected topic in the field of ocean engineering.

    Requirement(s):
    Admission to candidacy for the master's degree
  • OCN 5401 Principles of Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces physical oceanography including the properties of seawater, basic concepts of fluid dynamics, heat budget, atmospheric circulation, structure and circulation of the ocean, and tidal and wave motion.

  • MTH xxxx Mathematics Credit Hours: 3
  • Subject Area Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
Areas of Specialization

The subject area requirement is met by taking at least three courses from one of the following groups:

Coastal Engineering and Processes
  • OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
    Credit Hours: 3

    The theoretical study of the fundamental relations of energy transmission in the ocean. Includes detailed coverage of components of stress, strain and motion, waves of finite amplitude, ray characteristics, refraction of dispersive wave train, boundary conditions, ray solutions and surface image solutions.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 2201 and OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5525 Coastal Processes and Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes an analysis of coastal processes (waves, tides, currents, wind and nearshore circulation) and resulting sedimentary deposits in the beach, inlet and nearshore wave-shelf environment as related to coastal engineering problems. Students study shorefront structures and system, as well as dredging technology.

  • OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes seawalls, bulkheads, jetties and breakwaters; sand bypassing systems, protective beach and dune construction-stabilization; prediction of forces, lifetime estimation, maintenance expectations, material selection and construction methods.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 4525 

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Designed to systematically find an optimum solution for ocean-related engineering problems. Discusses of a system, man-ocean systems and systems engineering. Basic techniques of systems engineering. Requires student to do a case study of an ocean engineering system.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5563 Port and Harbor Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    A study of port and harbor hydrodynamics, planning, layout and construction; dredging technology; and berthing maneuvers.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Ocean monitoring requires measurement, analysis and description of processes in random seas. Students produce, from measurements, the statistical distributions of waves, parametric and spectral sea-state descriptions, directional wave spectra, ocean engineering design criteria and linear responses of ocean structures and systems.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Hydrographic Engineering
  • ECE 5245 Digital Signal Processing 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Describes discrete-time signals in the time and frequency domains; z-transform, discrete Fourier transform, FFT algorithms; introduction to classical digital filter design techniques; and filter banks.

  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Presents case studies from environmental and geoscience applications.

  • OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
    Credit Hours: 3

    The theoretical study of the fundamental relations of energy transmission in the ocean. Includes detailed coverage of components of stress, strain and motion, waves of finite amplitude, ray characteristics, refraction of dispersive wave train, boundary conditions, ray solutions and surface image solutions.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 2201 and OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5550 Bathymetry
    Credit Hours: 3

    Determination of coastal and deep-sea bottom topography using modern techniques of remote sensing, GIS, swath and side-scan sonar, marine geodesy, computerized data acquisition and archiving, hydroacoustics and survey vessel design; includes field experience with offshore and harbor survey vessels.

  • OCE 5571 Naval Architecture
    Credit Hours: 3

    The theory of naval architecture, elements of ship design; ship lines, hydrostatic analysis, intact and damaged stability, strength, dimensional analysis, ABS rules, propulsion, steering, ship and platform motion, resistance, model testing; and design project.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Ocean monitoring requires measurement, analysis and description of processes in random seas. Students produce, from measurements, the statistical distributions of waves, parametric and spectral sea-state descriptions, directional wave spectra, ocean engineering design criteria and linear responses of ocean structures and systems.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCN 5704 Oceanic Remote Sensing
    Credit Hours: 3

    Radiative processes, remote sensors and sensor platforms; photogrammetry, radiometry and multispectral pattern recognition; image interpretation, data processing and applications. Also includes ocean research examples from aircraft and spacecraft.

Materials and Structures
  • AEE 5050 Finite Element Fundamentals
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes finite element formulation of a continuum, virtual work and energy principles, one- and two-dimensional problems; Ritz method, weighted residuals; time-dependent problems; isoparametric formulations and recent developments using elementary finite element methods and existing software.

  • OCE 4574 Structural Mechanics of Marine Vehicles
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes the ship hull girder, longitudinal bending moment in still water and waves, application of probabilistic concepts to predict bending moment in irregular waves, local and transverse strength, criteria of failure and vibration of ships.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 4571 

  • OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    Corrosion and materials deterioration impacts engineering activities. Includes theory, types and economics of corrosion. Uses case studies to demonstrate corrosion prevention by the use of cathodic protection, coatings and inhibitors, and materials selection and design.

  • OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes seawalls, bulkheads, jetties and breakwaters; sand bypassing systems, protective beach and dune construction-stabilization; prediction of forces, lifetime estimation, maintenance expectations, material selection and construction methods.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 4525 

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Naval Architecture
  • OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Broadly introduces geophysical instrumentation design and analysis, including simple DC and AC circuit designs, use of transducers common to geophysical monitoring, and the basic principles of digital data logging and microcontroller programming.

    Prerequisite:

    (CSE 1502 or CSE 1503), and PHY 2002 

  • OCE 4572 Structural Design of Marine Vehicles
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides a working knowledge of ship hull girder, longitudinal bending in still water and waves, and simple bending theory as it applies to ship structure. Culminates in the design of a mid-ship section to classification society rules. Covers concepts that predict bending moment in irregular waves and analyzes local and transverse strength.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 4571 

  • OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    Corrosion and materials deterioration impacts engineering activities. Includes theory, types and economics of corrosion. Uses case studies to demonstrate corrosion prevention by the use of cathodic protection, coatings and inhibitors, and materials selection and design.

  • OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Designed to systematically find an optimum solution for ocean-related engineering problems. Discusses of a system, man-ocean systems and systems engineering. Basic techniques of systems engineering. Requires student to do a case study of an ocean engineering system.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5571 Naval Architecture
    Credit Hours: 3

    The theory of naval architecture, elements of ship design; ship lines, hydrostatic analysis, intact and damaged stability, strength, dimensional analysis, ABS rules, propulsion, steering, ship and platform motion, resistance, model testing; and design project.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5573 Dynamics of Marine Vehicles
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies regular and irregular wave data as applied in ship dynamics. Includes uncoupled heaving, pitching and rolling motion equations; calculation of the added mass and damping coefficients; strip method; coupled motions; nonlinear roll motion; dynamic effects related to motions; and wave loads.

    Prerequisite:

    AEE 3083 and MTH 2201 and OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5575 Applied Marine Hydrodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides a background for the calculation of hydrodynamic forces, forces due to waves in inviscid fluid, effect of viscosity, hydrodynamic modeling, wave drift forces and forces due to current on moored and dynamically positioned floating structures, hydrodynamic impact and its prediction, flow-induced vibration.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Ocean monitoring requires measurement, analysis and description of processes in random seas. Students produce, from measurements, the statistical distributions of waves, parametric and spectral sea-state descriptions, directional wave spectra, ocean engineering design criteria and linear responses of ocean structures and systems.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5590 Design of Marine Propulsion Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides an understanding and working knowledge of resistance characteristics of different types of vessels. Explains the principles of propellers and water-jet operations, and the theory and performance analysis as propulsion devices. Teaches how to design an efficient propulsion system for a specific vessel under consideration.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 3030 

Ocean Energy
  • ECE 4681 Introduction to Electrical Power Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Comprehensively studies power system modeling and analysis. Includes power system representation, transmission lines, transformers, machines, the power-flow problem, operation and control, fault analysis and protection.

    Prerequisite:

    ECE 2112 or ECE 4991 

  • ECE 5683 Power Systems Operation and Control
    Credit Hours: 3

    An in-depth analysis of computer methods for power systems. Topics include system matrices, power-flow studies, optimal dispatch, fault studies and stability analysis with programming considerations for each topic.

  • ECE 5684 Power System Reliability and Planning
    Credit Hours: 3

    An appraisal of modern techniques for assessing the adequacy of power systems and for evaluating expansion alternatives. Topics include reliability theory, the state-space method, assessment techniques for various system topologies and determination of feasible expansion.

  • ENS 5300 Principles of Renewable Energy
    Credit Hours: 3

    Overviews energy generating systems; renewable energy sources including wind, solar, tidal, biomass, hydro and ocean currents. Emphasizes sustainable energy and its environmental, social and economic effects.

  • OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Broadly introduces geophysical instrumentation design and analysis, including simple DC and AC circuit designs, use of transducers common to geophysical monitoring, and the basic principles of digital data logging and microcontroller programming.

    Prerequisite:

    (CSE 1502 or CSE 1503), and PHY 2002 

  • OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    Corrosion and materials deterioration impacts engineering activities. Includes theory, types and economics of corrosion. Uses case studies to demonstrate corrosion prevention by the use of cathodic protection, coatings and inhibitors, and materials selection and design.

  • OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes seawalls, bulkheads, jetties and breakwaters; sand bypassing systems, protective beach and dune construction-stabilization; prediction of forces, lifetime estimation, maintenance expectations, material selection and construction methods.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 4525 

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Designed to systematically find an optimum solution for ocean-related engineering problems. Discusses of a system, man-ocean systems and systems engineering. Basic techniques of systems engineering. Requires student to do a case study of an ocean engineering system.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5575 Applied Marine Hydrodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides a background for the calculation of hydrodynamic forces, forces due to waves in inviscid fluid, effect of viscosity, hydrodynamic modeling, wave drift forces and forces due to current on moored and dynamically positioned floating structures, hydrodynamic impact and its prediction, flow-induced vibration.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Ocean monitoring requires measurement, analysis and description of processes in random seas. Students produce, from measurements, the statistical distributions of waves, parametric and spectral sea-state descriptions, directional wave spectra, ocean engineering design criteria and linear responses of ocean structures and systems.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Ocean Instrumentation
  • MEE 4014 Control Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Stresses both classical and modern control methodologies. Includes frequency and time-domain representation of linear systems, stability analysis and design techniques.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 2201 

  • MAE 4318 Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the fundamentals of sensors and measurements for engineering applications, and software/hardware tools for development of computer-based instrumentation systems. Includes analog signals, signal conditioning, programming virtual instruments, communication standards, data acquisition and process control.

    Requirement(s):
    Department head approval
  • MEE 5316 Mechatronics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies microprocessor-based control of electromechanical systems, sensors and actuators, assembly programming, microprocessor architecture, serial/parallel input/output, programmable peripherals, interrupts, signal interfacing, standard interface protocols, analog to digital conversion, real-time control, and design of microprocessor-based systems.

  • OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Broadly introduces geophysical instrumentation design and analysis, including simple DC and AC circuit designs, use of transducers common to geophysical monitoring, and the basic principles of digital data logging and microcontroller programming.

    Prerequisite:

    (CSE 1502 or CSE 1503), and PHY 2002 

  • OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
    Credit Hours: 3

    The theoretical study of the fundamental relations of energy transmission in the ocean. Includes detailed coverage of components of stress, strain and motion, waves of finite amplitude, ray characteristics, refraction of dispersive wave train, boundary conditions, ray solutions and surface image solutions.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 2201 and OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Designed to systematically find an optimum solution for ocean-related engineering problems. Discusses of a system, man-ocean systems and systems engineering. Basic techniques of systems engineering. Requires student to do a case study of an ocean engineering system.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Ocean monitoring requires measurement, analysis and description of processes in random seas. Students produce, from measurements, the statistical distributions of waves, parametric and spectral sea-state descriptions, directional wave spectra, ocean engineering design criteria and linear responses of ocean structures and systems.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Ocean Systems/Underwater Technology
  • OCE 4531 Instrumentation Design and Measurement Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Broadly introduces geophysical instrumentation design and analysis, including simple DC and AC circuit designs, use of transducers common to geophysical monitoring, and the basic principles of digital data logging and microcontroller programming.

    Prerequisite:

    (CSE 1502 or CSE 1503), and PHY 2002 

  • OCE 4545 Hydroacoustics
    Credit Hours: 3

    The theoretical study of the fundamental relations of energy transmission in the ocean. Includes detailed coverage of components of stress, strain and motion, waves of finite amplitude, ray characteristics, refraction of dispersive wave train, boundary conditions, ray solutions and surface image solutions.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 2201 and OCE 3030 

  • OCE 4572 Structural Design of Marine Vehicles
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides a working knowledge of ship hull girder, longitudinal bending in still water and waves, and simple bending theory as it applies to ship structure. Culminates in the design of a mid-ship section to classification society rules. Covers concepts that predict bending moment in irregular waves and analyzes local and transverse strength.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 4571 

  • OCE 5519 Corrosion Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    Corrosion and materials deterioration impacts engineering activities. Includes theory, types and economics of corrosion. Uses case studies to demonstrate corrosion prevention by the use of cathodic protection, coatings and inhibitors, and materials selection and design.

  • OCE 5542 Ocean Engineering Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Designed to systematically find an optimum solution for ocean-related engineering problems. Discusses of a system, man-ocean systems and systems engineering. Basic techniques of systems engineering. Requires student to do a case study of an ocean engineering system.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCE 5573 Dynamics of Marine Vehicles
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies regular and irregular wave data as applied in ship dynamics. Includes uncoupled heaving, pitching and rolling motion equations; calculation of the added mass and damping coefficients; strip method; coupled motions; nonlinear roll motion; dynamic effects related to motions; and wave loads.

    Prerequisite:

    AEE 3083 and MTH 2201 and OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5575 Applied Marine Hydrodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides a background for the calculation of hydrodynamic forces, forces due to waves in inviscid fluid, effect of viscosity, hydrodynamic modeling, wave drift forces and forces due to current on moored and dynamically positioned floating structures, hydrodynamic impact and its prediction, flow-induced vibration.

    Prerequisite:

    OCE 3030 

  • OCE 5586 Ocean Engineering Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Ocean monitoring requires measurement, analysis and description of processes in random seas. Students produce, from measurements, the statistical distributions of waves, parametric and spectral sea-state descriptions, directional wave spectra, ocean engineering design criteria and linear responses of ocean structures and systems.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Recommended Electives

An additional course to meet the minimum total requirements for the degree can be selected from the following list of recommended electives. Other courses can also be elected with approval of the student advisory committee.

  • CVE 5025 Foundation Design
    Credit Hours: 3

    Explores the application of soil mechanics to foundation engineering, exploration techniques, foundation selection criteria, design and construction; analysis and design of spread, mat and pile foundations; retaining wall design; drilled piers; caissons; design using geotechnical fabrics; and slope stability.

  • ENS 5701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3

    Analyzes environmental legislation and the impacts and implications of these regulations on society. Emphasizes environmental impact analysis and environmental impact statement preparation methods.

  • BUS 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines necessary tools required to plan and run a successful business venture. Requires integration of concepts, methods and models from accounting, economics and marketing in forming a business plan for a product or service in a case study.

    Requirement(s):
    First of a two-course sequence
  • OCE 4575 Design of High-Speed Small Craft
    Credit Hours: 3

    Students learn to design features for small, high-speed hulls; requirements for preliminary design study; selection of hull type and proportion; space; layout; weight estimates; layout of the lines; powering calculations; and hydrodynamic considerations.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCN 5204 Marine Pollution
    Credit Hours: 3

    Integrates political and social concepts into the scientific study of pollution. Includes definitions of pollution, toxicity of contaminants and a number of case studies of significant marine pollution events.

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • OCN 5210 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3

    The chemical composition and important reactions along the global water cycle including rain, soil and groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries and seawater. Includes weathering, redox processes, carbonate equilibria and nutrients, and lab exercises.

  • OCN 5405 Dynamic Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces geophysical fluid dynamics and its application to the study of ocean currents. Includes linear and nonlinear models, vorticity theory and critical discussion of classical papers on ocean circulation.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 2201 and OCN 5401 

  • OCN 5409 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Advanced analytical and numerical models of ocean and atmospheric mesoscale, macroscale and global-scale flows with diagnostic and prognostic applications including coupled air/sea circulation physics.

    Prerequisite:

    MET 5305 or OCN 5405 

  • ORP 5041 Reliability Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers the principles of reliability analysis and assessment; reliability probability models; combinatorial and system reliability; and reliability estimation.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 5411 

  • ORP 5042 Reliability, Availability and Maintainability
    Credit Hours: 3

    Discusses maintainability concepts relating to system effectiveness and support-system design. Includes basic mathematical concepts, design concepts and data analysis used in quantifying availability, maintainability and reliability as measures of operational readiness and system effectiveness.

    Prerequisite:

    ORP 5041

Total Credits Required: 30